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Disney’s stage production of Beauty and The Beast roars with love, laughs and all the feelings

Brooke Quintana as Belle and Sam Hartley as the Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Photo by Matthew Murphy_

It’s a tale as old as time and delivers a message that’s truer these days than ever before. Disney’s “Beauty and The Beast” returned to Broward Center for the Performing Arts June 15 and runs through Sunday June 19 before heading to Dallas to continue its summer tour.

The musical that teaches the message to look beyond appearances and get to know people for who they are on the inside is a necessary lesson all of mankind could benefit from, especially at this moment. Just three days after the tragic Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, I was still in a deeply somber mood. “Beauty and The Beast” provided the perfect diversion from the constant sorrow that kept popping up in my newsfeed and my mind.

It was truly wonderful to escape to the Beast’s castle for a few hours and reunite with Lumiere, played by the hilariously cheeky Ryan N. Phillips, the delightful Mrs. Potts played by Stephanie Gray and her adorable sidekick Chip, portrayed by Deandre Horner. Samuel Shurtleff shines as the Beast’s faithful servant Cogsworth and Christiaan Smith-Kotlarek delighted the crowd as the strapping and narcissistic town player, Gaston. The beefy baritone has also performed in multiple operas, which was obvious after watching him effortless belt out solos in this show.

The musical numbers in “Beauty and The Beast” are familiar and more feel good than ever with plenty of high-kicking dance routines and the show-stopping “Be Our Guest,” which features dancing flatware, spinning plates and plenty of confetti.

In the lead role of Belle, Brooke Quintana charms in her national touring debut as the book-loving introvert who refuses to conform to the norm. Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a wonderful show for families, couples and anyone looking for a carefree night out with some truly unforgettable characters.

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The Enchanted Objects of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Photo by Matthew Murphy_Christiaan Smith-Kotlarek as Gaston and the Silly Girls of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.  Photo by Matthew Murphyfacebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Extra! Extra! Newsies wins over South Florida audiences

It’s difficult not to immediately fall madly in love with Jack Kelly, played by the dynamic Miami-born Joey Barreiro in the touring production of “Disney’s Newsies.” He is, after all, the perfect spokesperson for the American dream. While it’s partially based on the New York City newsboys strike of 1899, the whole “exploitation of workers” theme is perhaps more relevant now than ever. More work for less pay? Sound familiar?

Barreiro, who is a University of Miami graduate, steals the show as the foot-stomping no-nonsense Jack. When greedy Joseph Pulitzer raises the prices of his newspapers assuming he can force his already starving paper boys to spend more money to buy the same amount of newspapers they did yesterday,  Barreiro’s character pulls off the impossible and goes against the newspaper giant.

With inspiring song and dance numbers such as “Seize The Day,” “King of New York” and “Watch What Happens,” “Disney’s Newsies” is the people’s musical. While it’s based on the 1992 Disney film starring Christian Bale,  it’s no surprise “Disney’s Newsies” won the 2012 Tony Awards for best score and best choreography. This show is a must see for dreamers and believers of all ages.

“Disney’s Newsies” hit Broward Center for the Performing Arts Nov. 17 and runs through Nov. 29. A ticket to this show would make an awesome pre-holiday gift for someone special.

Tickets for “Disney’s Newsies” is on-sale now and can be purchased by visiting or by phone 954-462-0222.

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